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Love and Hip Hop

Title: Love and Hip Hop: The Meaning of Urban Reality Television in the Lives of Black College Women.
Name(s): Patterson, Shawna M., author
Jones, Tamara Bertrand, professor directing dissertation
Jordan Jackson, Felecia F., university representative
Guthrie, Kathy L., committee member
Khurshid, Ayesha, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (301 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study seeks to make meaning of Black college women's interpretations of Black womanhood through the lens of urban reality television. This study highlights the consumption of urban reality television in higher education and works to determine how the confluence of identity development and media influences inform understandings of Black womanhood among Black undergraduate women. I examined their interpretations of (1) urban reality television, (2) Black womanhood, (3) campus life, (4) their interactions with family and friends, (5) role models, and (6) romantic relationships. My preliminary findings indicate that while the students frequently consumed these shows for entertainment purposes, their understandings of Black womanhood were largely shaped by family and role models. Still, parallels existed between the women's lived experiences and the portrayals of reality on television. Specifically, the participants determined the attitudes surrounding committed relationships among urban reality cast members reflect hook-up culture on-campus. Additionally, both the women cast in the shows and the respondents used predominantly White systems (educational system, the media) to acquire social mobility and improve their socioeconomic status.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Patterson_fsu_0071E_12950 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: November 2, 2015.
Keywords: Black, Reality Television, Women
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Tamara Bertrand Jones, Professor Directing Dissertation; Felicia Jordan Jackson, University Representative; Kathy Guthrie, Committee Member; Ayesha Khurshid, Committee Member.
Subject(s): School management and organization
Multicultural education
Women's studies
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Patterson, S. M. (2015). Love and Hip Hop: The Meaning of Urban Reality Television in the Lives of Black College Women. Retrieved from